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Richard Hugh Blackford’s “Swimming With The Ancestors”

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“Swimming with the Ancestors”

Medium- Acrylic on canvas 

Dimensions- 40”x30”

Africans extracted from the Motherland, once they were forced aboard those sea going vessels, lost all connections with their identities. Those that would eventually survive the arduous Journey and the inhumane treatment in the Western Hemisphere would eventually create new identities, develop new communities and create brand new histories which would redound to the creation of the raising up of the African Diaspora which constitutes you and me.
The men and women depicted here demonstrates resistance as by jumping overboard into the oceans, they have decided that this is their resistance. Rather than be taken to an unknown land they prefer to join their ancestors in the next realm.